Health care in our province is changing. These changes will impact each and every Atlantic Canadian now and in the future. This real, system-wide transformational change is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. After many years of planning, the future of the QEII Health Sciences Centre is taking shape.
The QEII is the adult community hospital for Halifax and surrounding areas. It is the most advanced, leading academic and research health sciences centre in our province, seeing over 1.1 million patient visits each year. The QEII is also the major referral centre for specialized, complex care for Atlantic Canada and beyond.
The redevelopment and expansion of the QEII’s Halifax Infirmary campus will move acute inpatient care services to one site, becoming one of the largest health sciences complexes in the country. The construction of a second outpatient centre, the Bayers Lake QEII Community Outpatient Centre, is scheduled to be complete in 2023.
The QEII New Generation project is working to build a new generation of innovative, breakthrough care. This project is a tremendous undertaking – the largest healthcare infrastructure project in Nova Scotia’s history – and will positively impact our province for decades to come.
But buildings alone do not deliver care. That superior care is supported by brilliant healthcare experts, by advanced equipment, and by world-leading research that make medical miracles possible. With the QEII Foundation’s vision and financial support, QEII New Generation will include next generation technology – the newest version that is more powerful and smarter than the previous. It will be about recruiting and retaining physicians and staff – giving them the best opportunity to practise medicine.
Note: All images are for illustration purposes only and are subject to change.
QEII Health Innovation, Research and Discovery Hub
In this view from Bell Road and the North Common, the new QEII Health Innovation, Research and Discovery Hub takes centre stage. This space will make it easier for health professionals to learn, collaborate virtually and in-person, and advance clinical care through research.
Seated above the Hub are the QEII Halifax Infirmary Outpatient Centre (centre-left) and the QEII Cancer Centre (right). There will be a pedestrian pedway that connects a new parking structure directly to the new buildings to improve the patient wayfinding experience.
New specialized area for surgical preparation
The construction of the new QEII complex will completely alter the current Robie Street face of the QEII’s Halifax Infirmary site and includes new construction directly in front of the current Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre.
This space includes a new medical device reprocessing unit, where surgical tools are cleaned and sterilized before surgeries. With the addition of new operating rooms, this space will be ready to support an increased number of surgeries.
Improving the patient care experience
QEII New Generation will increase access to modern, patient-centred, quality care and leading-edge health technologies, all while improving the patient care experience. A foundational principle of the QEII New Generation project is to create a healthcare experience that is comfortable and welcoming for everyone – patients, their families and visitors.
This illustration shows an aerial view of the new QEII that will include covered patient drop-off areas, lots of natural light, open greenspace, self-serve kiosks, and improved patient and family-centred wayfinding.
QEII Cancer Centre and QEII Halifax Infirmary Outpatient Centre
The new QEII Cancer Centre – Atlantic Canada’s largest cancer treatment centre – will be built facing Robie Street.
By co-locating the new cancer centre with the QEII Halifax Infirmary Outpatient Centre, the new inpatient building and surgical suites, cancer care will be more efficient and more comfortable for patients, providing more than 260 cancer treatments every day.
The new QEII Halifax Infirmary Outpatient Centre will provide outpatient care to residents of peninsular Halifax and to patients from across Nova Scotia. This outpatient centre will feature an 18-station renal dialysis clinic; the QEII Eye Care Centre; Heart Health Centre; services that require patient sedation, such as colonoscopies, oral surgery and pain block procedures; the Medical Day Unit, Diagnostic Imaging and many other clinics.
Inpatient building and surgical suites
At the corner of Robie Street and Veterans Memorial Lane, the new inpatient building and 12 new surgical suites will be built. New inpatient rooms will be mostly private with an abundance of natural light, and lifts for patient comfort and staff safety.
The operating rooms (OR) will feature innovative, leading-edge technology to support excellence in surgical care and improved patient outcomes. Including the current inpatient and OR capacity in the QEII Halifax Infirmary building, the future QEII will have over 600 patient beds and 23 ORs.